Meetings

As of 2020, a pattern for BFK’s public meetings is emerging and is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.  We hold an Annual Strategic Planning Meeting in March and a “Local Bicycling Developments” — featuring timely presentations by community leaders — on the Wednesday during Kalamazoo Area Bike Week in May.  “All-hands” and other public meetings covering important topics are held as needed.

The minutes and meeting notes below are for our public meetings.  Program oriented committees may meet more regularly (e.g., quarterly) according to their own schedules and release meeting notes or minutes as they see best.  We strive to email minutes to BFK participants one-two weeks after a public meeting during which minutes have been recorded.  Non-public meetings may not be formal; minutes are not always kept.

This page is updated as time permits to facilitate open access to minutes previously sent to participants; minutes are most recent version available. Dates are coded in YYMMDD format.  There may be inadvertent omissions in this list.

Note that until our participants named our network “Bike Friendly Kalamazoo” (“BFK” for short), minutes reflected a more generic working name (specifically, Bike Friendly Community or BFC).  The “Kalamazoo” in our name reflects our geographic footprint: all of Kalamazoo County and Alemena, Antwerp, Paw Paw & Waverly townships in Van Buren County.  This is the same jurisdiction footprint as our Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study (KATS).

*Coronavirus Notice: Updated April 3, 2020
– BFK is monitoring the recommendations of Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department and many other authoritative sources; we suggest our participants do so as well.
– At this time the League of Michigan Bicyclists and US Cycling Association have recommended postponing or cancelling group rides until restrictions for the pandemic are lifted.
– The State of Michigan’s Executive Order 2020-21 permits cycling as a form of outdoor exercise as long as other precautions such as social distancing are followed.
– Bicycling outdoors, where people may be widely separated, possesses different levels of viral exposure than other events in obvious ways. In addition, bicycling plays a role in maintaining and increasing beneficial fitness levels (see How to Ride Safely Amid Coronavirus Concerns).

Minutes, Notes and Related BFK Documents

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Meeting Notes 200624 (Bike Program Steering Committee/Core Team Quarterly Meeting)

“Bike Safety in Greater Kalamazoo: How Data Reveals the Real Issues” + OHSP Walk Safe video (p 29) + Clip from LMB Roll Call video (p 32)

“Local Bicycling Developments – 2020 & Beyond” Presentations 200513

Meeting Notes 200326

Meeting Notes 200220

Meeting Notes 200116

Minutes 191121

Minutes 191024

Minutes 190627

“Local Bicycling Developments – 2019 & Beyond” Presentations 190515

Minutes 190328

Proceedings 190228

KBW 2019 Planning Session Results – Sortable Tallies – from 180920 (List of new ideas for Kalamazoo Bike Week 2019)

Bike Week 2019 Planning Session Summary 180920

“Local Bicycling Developments – 2018 & Beyond” Presentations 180516

Minutes 180326 (See here for additional ideas for making the community more bike friendly received after these minutes were released)

Minutes 170824

“Local Bicycling Developments – 2017 & Beyond” Presentations 170517

Minutes 170119

Bike Route Funding Brainstorming Meeting Notes 160811

Minutes 160804

“Local Bicycling Developments – 2016 & Beyond” Presentations 160518

Minutes 160414

Minutes 151112

Minutes 151027

Minutes 150917

Minutes 150415

Minutes 141211

Minutes 141002

Minutes 140820

Minutes 140625

Minutes 140514

Minutes 140327

Education Committee Notes 140312

Education Committee Notes 140212

Minutes 131205

Minutes 131114

Minutes 131003

Minutes 130117

Minutes 121025

Route Planning Advisory Vote Results 121025

Minutes 120412

Minutes 120320

Minutes 120221

Minutes and Brainstorm Ideas From 110908

Minutes and Brainstorm Ideas From 110818

Minutes and Brainstorm Ideas From 110712

Minutes and Brainstorm Ideas From 110602 – v110614